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Philippines Background

Since 2003, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has been implementing a range of programs addressing judicial reform, human trafficking, corruption, legal and civic education, and access to justice and human rights in the Philippines. In undertaking these efforts, ABA ROLI partners with the Philippine Supreme Court, the judiciary, the Philippine Judicial Academy, law faculties at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Philippine Women Judges Association, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Bar Association, to implement these programs.

In October 2012, ABA ROLI expanded its efforts through its multi-faceted Judicial Strengthening to Improve Court Effectiveness program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development—as part of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth. Implemented in collaboration with Philippine government agencies and NGOs, the program encompasses targeted initiatives to streamline the legal system and to foster increased access to justice and a legal environment more conducive to economic development.

ABA ROLI also implements two Australian Aid Agency-funded programs to combat impunity for extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances, and to improve access to justice for persons with disabilities.